ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The state-run TV network says Charles Ble Goude, the former leader of an ultranationalist youth movement in Ivory Coast, has been handed over to authorities there after his arrest in neighboring Ghana.
RTI Television reported Friday that Ble Goude was remanded into Ivorian custody following a joint operation to capture him a day earlier. The 40-year-old former leader of the Young Patriots movement was wanted in connection with violence during the election dispute between allies of former President Laurent Gbagbo and the current President Alassane Ouattara two years ago.
A former youth minister under Gbagbo, Ble Goude (Blay Goo-DAY) had been hiding for 20 months. He has denied any role in the violence that left at least 3,000 dead. Gbagbo is awaiting trial for crimes against humanity in The Hague.